Report: 11 of 12 footballs used by Patriots were under-inflated
The NFL has found that 11 of the 12 footballs that the New England Patriots used were Sunday’s 45-7 AFC Championship win against the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated by 2 pounds of air, ESPN’s NFL Insider Chris Mortensen reports.Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations, told The Associated Press that the “investigation is currently underway and we’re still awaiting findings.”
This comes following the investigation launched by the NFL following a complaint from the Colts.
Part of the investigation that still needs determined is how the 11 footballs became underinflated.
The game balls provided to each team for preparation were required to be inspected and approved by referee Walt Anderson two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff before they were returned to a ball attendant before the game.
No alteration of footballs is allowed once they are approved, under league rules and regulations.
The balls are required be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces.
Following an interception by Indy’s D’Qwell Jackson in the second quarter, Jackson told head coach Chuck Pagano that he felt the ball wasn’t pumped up enough. Through the necessary channels, the Colts organization filed a complaint and the NFL launched its “Deflategate” investigation.
It is believed under-inflated balls are easier to grip and throw, especially in awful weather, which is exactly what hit New England Sunday night.
Belichick, a three-time Super Bowl winner who was also fined $500,000 for his role in the Spygate episode involving illegal videotaping of Jets coaches’ defensive signals by the Patriots in 2007, declined to talk about the investigation Tuesday.
The Patriots are set to play against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at 3:30 p.m, Feb. 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
While I don’t think that the alleged deflated footballs are the reason the Patriots beat the deflated Colts, I do think if they do go on to win the Super Bowl against the Seahawks, that win will be tarnished by another scandal.
Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice voiced his opinion on Twitter, saying that all but one football being underinflated is too much of a coincidence.
Colts punter Pat McAfee had took a humorous approach to the situation.